About Interior Paint Sheens
Get the look you want and the protection you need for any room in your home.
It's great to find the perfect color for your interior painting project, but finding the proper sheen is just as important. Choosing the proper sheen for the different surfaces and areas of your home will help you choose the best interior product and get the most from your paint for a beautiful look that will stand the test of time. Visit the Color Center at your local Home Depot for more tips on choosing the right sheen for your project.
A flat sheen has a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections.
Low-traffic areas; interior walls and ceilings
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, ceilings
A matte sheen has a low-luster reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well and also hides minor surface imperfections.
Low-traffic areas; interior walls
Family rooms, living rooms, kid's rooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, ceilings
An eggshell enamel sheen has a soft, velvety appearance that resists dirt and grime as well as mildew.
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, kid's rooms, hallways, dining rooms
A satin enamel has a pearl-like finish that's easy to clean.
All Interior surfaces; moderate- to high-traffic areas
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, kid's rooms, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters, interior furniture
A semi-gloss paint has a sleek, radiant sheen that resists mildew, moisture and wear.
Cabinets and trim; high-traffic, high-moisture areas
Kid's rooms, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters
Hi-Gloss paints have a brilliant, shiny appearance and a durable, glass-like finish that allows dirt and grime to be wiped clean.
Kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters, interior furniture
Interior Sheen Usage Chart
Use this chart to help you easily choose the best sheen of paint for your upcoming indoor paint projects.